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Steampunk Optimus Prime Voice Changer Helmet by Hypercats Steampunk Optimus Prime Voice Changer Helmet by Hypercats
I ran across this voice changer helmet at a thrift store, and thought it would look better if it looked like it was made out of iron and steel. I like it! I think it'll make a fun helmet to wear to conventions. It's pretty light, and I can see out of it all right.
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:iconnightengaleprime:
nightengaleprime Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks more like if Optimus was in Shattered glass world or Nemesis Prime :D  ~Love it
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OBLKS Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
looks great, but i don't think its steampunk...
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:iconhypercats:
Hypercats Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I don't either.
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00marrow Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
omg optimoos prim
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:iconhypercats:
Hypercats Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ermahgerd! Erptimers Prermm!
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00marrow Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
:)
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PsykoHilly Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
:onfire: ... excellent!
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TheGhostBox Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student Writer
Dude... Amazing, just pure awesomeness incarnate.
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FluffySpiderz Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey, my little bro has a helmet just like that! I should ask him if I can use it...
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:iconhypercats:
Hypercats Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah you should.
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Uratz-Studios Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
They got these helmets here in China for cheap with the identical helmet but with a crap soundboard. What happens here in the factories that make em originally is they got the molds for the same parts, after they made the real ones, they continue to make a bunch with imitations like "Tramsfourners" instead of proper spelling so to not incur copyright infringement. But its much cheaper. I've gotten them before unfortunately I wanted the real soundboard for it not the crappy version that didn't have optimus's sound in it.
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Hypercats Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Also, I have a spare one for parts, you want me to mail you the electronic guts? I'm not going to use them.
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Uratz-Studios Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I went and bought the real ones, much more expensive but I got one. Thanks for the offer and you should keep it for like Bane voice changer or something.
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Hypercats Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I know, I've been absolutely fascinated with the business behind Chinese manufacturing for years. The manufacturer doesn't own the intellectual property, like Optimus Prime, for example, but they own the molds, and can do whatever they want with them. Contract with Bandai to make Power Rangers figures just expired? That's okay, we'll make "Spider Avengers" figures with the molds and some cheaper plastic, slap some random graphics on the front of the cardboard packaging, sell them cheap, and still turn a profit.

If I had the time and the money, I'd go back to school to study industrial engineering and minor in Chinese so I can see more of it.
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Uratz-Studios Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
You know they are reissuing old TMNT toys right? The old factories have the molds and license companies are reordering the old toys for big boys.
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:iconhypercats:
Hypercats Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah I was wondering about that. The original molds have to be at least 20 years old by now though.
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Uratz-Studios Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Its low cost that what most important
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SparklesStorm Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow. it's awesome.
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Hypercats Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I need to add some more little details and clearcoat it, but it's definitely a keeper! I have a second one that I want to paint up to look like a futuristic fighter ship pilot helmet, like X-wing pilots or BSG Viper helmets.
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SparklesStorm Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you got some good ideas :D I'm looking forward to see that !
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Hypercats Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! If I had the time, I'd build a Viper cockpit style set and do weekly blog videos from it. Maybe after things settle down here a bit.
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Ravij Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's pretty awesome; How does it sound when it changes your voice?
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Hypercats Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
It sounds pretty nasty. [link]

I like to walk around the house with it on and yell "I AM THE CATLORD! BOW BEFORE ME, CATS! MEOW MEOW MEOW!"
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:iconravij:
Ravij Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. I thought it'd sound a bit better given how technology has advanced, heh. But still seems amusing to use the way you put it. XD
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